Homes come in all shapes and sizes, from palatial mansions to cozy condos. If yours falls into the latter category, or you have small rooms in your home, you may be wondering how to make the most of the space you do have. It’s all too easy for a small space to feel cramped and uninviting, but it doesn’t have to be like that.
We’ve taken a look at five design tricks and tips that can make any poky space feel bigger. So, whether you’re living in a small studio apartment, or in a larger one but you struggle with a tiny bathroom, read on to discover the best ways to make the most out of your limited space.
More Windows, More Light
If you manage to breath light into your small rooms, you can quickly transform a dingy den into a lively lair. And if your space has a window to provide natural light, do away with any heavy curtains or drapes and replace them with Roman blinds, or else leave the window exposed entirely. This will make a huge difference, but if the view isn’t great, you could consider decorating the window with plants or flowers.
If natural light is difficult to come by, you can always make imaginative use of artificial lighting. Rather than using one overhead lamp, why not place numerous smaller light sources around the room? In doing so, the light is spread around, drawing the eye to the various individual areas you’ve illuminated.
Light-Toned, Cozy Colors
A lighter color palette is desirable for a small space as it will enhance any light that is there, giving the impression of a larger space. Pale pinks, blues and yellows are all good options, while an off-white palette keeps things simple and allows you to add splashes of color with your furniture and decor choices.
Just like the walls, it’s important to keep the floors light as well, with pale wood grain patterns a popular choice. Looking up, it’s worth painting the ceiling so it looks fresh, but while you’re up there, consider adding a pattern or stenciled features, drawing the eye upwards and further enlarging the look of your space. There are many design trends you can tap into for inspiration, but in the end it’s all about creating a space you love.
Clever Furniture and Sneaky Storage
When it comes to choosing furniture, always seek out pieces that can double up as a storage solution or offer some other use. A coffee table that is also a useful storage chest, sofa beds, extendable tables and fold up chairs are all great options. Avoid bulky-looking pieces of furniture and consider beds, couches and armchairs with exposed legs rather than those that touch the floor completely – they allow light underneath and give the impression of an airier room.
When placing furniture be sure to keep all walkways clear and try to use diagonals. The diagonal line is the longest straight line in any room and by placing your furniture in such a way, you add depth – plus, you benefit from the additional storage in the corners. Raise your eyes a little and you’ll get an idea about how to make the most of high shelves for books and other items. But avoid bookcases and wardrobes that almost touch the ceiling, as these can make the room appear cramped.
Less is More
Clutter will squeeze any space you have, making a small room seem tiny. Carefully select your furniture and decor, and bear in mind that one big piece will make the room look larger than several small bits and bobs will. Create a focal point for your small space – possibly a bed, a couch, a dining table or some artwork – and arrange the rest of the furniture to draw attention to it. Keep the rest of the decor to a minimum for the best results.
As much as you can, keep your floor space clear, making it easy to walk around. You may consider using rugs to highlight different areas of a room, a technique that works particularly well in studio apartments.
Glass and Mirrors
Mirrors are key to making the most out of a small space. Well-placed mirrors will reflect the light across the room, adding depth and a welcoming atmosphere. When placed across from windows, mirrors can create the illusion of almost endless space. Alternatively, angle them towards the focal point of your room.
You can hang mirrors on the wall in almost any room, with great results in hallways in particular. In the same way, mirrored cabinet doors can make a small bathroom seem that much bigger. Glass table tops are another great idea and, perhaps paired with Lucite furniture, they’re sure to make your room feel much more open.
With a little planning and carefully selected furniture and decor, it’s easy to make your small space feel bigger. Create optical illusions by drawing the eye towards features that add depth to your space and avoid clutter at all costs!